SAN FRANCISCO--The Sanyo Zio and the Samsung Transform are not the only two new Sprint handsets announced at CTIA Fall 2010. We also had a chance to take a look at the LG Optimus S, which is the other Android smartphone to support the carrier's new Sprint ID user-interface system. It's also notably the only one of the three that ships with Android 2.2.
The Optimus S is the most affordable entry-level one of the three. We quite like its minimal candy-bar style with the soft touch finish on the back and the 3.2-inch HVGA touch-screen display on the front. The overall feel of the phone was simple and lightweight, almost like that of the LG Sentio from T-Mobile. The display felt fairly smooth and responsive during our few minutes with it.
Though it doesn't have a QWERTY keyboard, it does have a virtual keyboard. Other features include Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, 3G/EVDO, and the ability to act as a mobile Wi-Fi hot spot for up to five devices. The Optimus S will be available for $49.99 after a two-year service agreement starting October 31, 2010.
For a hands-on look at the Optimus S, take a look at our video and photo gallery.